The Lost Ogle

Oklahoma City News, Entertainment & Occasional Humor • Established 2007

St. Anthony Hospital may want to hire a new ad agency…

There are two types of embarrassing.

There’s “Regular Embarrassing.” That would be, for example, pocket dialing a friend, taking your kid to a restaurant or having your chair break under your weight live on air while talking sports on the radio. That last one actually happened to Regular Jim Traber live on the radio yesterday.

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I don’t have too much room to talk, but maybe Regular Jim should go a little easy on the Mazzio’s Pizza. At the very least, he can wrap it in a cheesecloth first and squeeze out all the grease.

The other type of embarrassing is “WTF Embarrassing.” This is the one you never want to happen. Examples of this level of embarrassment include calling someone the wrong name in bed, being spotted at a Tulsa Shock game or shitting your pants at a bar.

On the topic of “WTF Embarrassing” and shitting your pants, check out this St. Anthony Bone and Joint Hospital billboard:

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Friday Night in the Big Town: SoonerCon, OKCFEST and H&8th

An open letter to the person who rammed the back of my car and left,

Thanks. I really appreciate it. You understood the boredom from which I was suffering by sitting at a red light and decided to liven it up. My lunge forward towards the steering wheel was reminiscent of the Mr. Freeze roller coaster at Six Flags, but without the fun. You then began to follow me to an adjacent parking lot, but suddenly drove your big truck away, an obvious gesture saying “It’s ok Adam. No need to thank me.”

Actually, you’re a jackass. Luckily, I wasn’t injured and you only damaged my bumper. For a person who drives a big truck, an object exuding an idea of toughness and strength, you ran like a scared, crying kid brother after punching his big brother in the back, who then chases him. You and your big truck hit-and-ran, of all cars, a Prius.

So, if you didn’t already know you are a wuss, now you know. I hope someone driving a Smart car beats you up.

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The State GOP is doing great…

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I wonder how they’re going to blame this on Obama.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Oklahoma GOP is dealing with a bit of turmoil in their leadership ranks.

Yesterday, Political Director T.C. Ryan resigned under pressure. Apparently, members of the party were upset that he’s been strolling around the Plaza District telling little hipster girls he’s the sixth member of the Fleet Foxes. In addition to that, some people didn’t want a man who was recently convicted of domestic abuse to serve as the political director of their party.


T.C. Ryan resigned as political director of the state Republican Party on Wednesday after GOP officials, including Gov. Mary Fallin, said domestic abuse charges in his past made him unsuitable for the leadership position.

Randy Brogdon, chairman of the state party, said Fallin’s comments weighed heavily on his decision to accept the resignation.

“He’s a fine young man,” Brogdon said. “I hate that this happened.”

Brogdon said Ryan tried to resign previously.

“He resigned the first day this nonstory broke,” Brogdon said. “I rejected the resignation at that time.”

First question: How exactly do you reject someone’s resignation? Isn’t Oklahoma an “At-Will” state, meaning you can quit your job (and your job can quit you) at any time without fault or damages? I guess you really do have to sell your soul to work for the GOP.

Second question: How exactly do you reject the resignation of some Jeremiah Johnson wannabe who assaults women and brings disgrace to your party? I know Randy Brogdon’s not the smartest guy in the room, but I didn’t know he was that stupid.

“Sir, I think it’s in the my best interests, and that of the party, to resign my position effective immediately.”

“No, no, no, I’m a clueless, forgiving man who doesn’t respect women. I will not accept your resignation! Let’s draw this thing out and build more controversy.”

“Are you sure, sir?”

“Yes, I’m sure. Now let me comb your beard while you sing White Winter Hymnal for me.”

Anyway, while all this was going on, Randy Brogdon verbally assaulted his Vice Chair, some cute GOP real estate agent name Estela Hernandez, in a closed-door meeting because she had the nerve to attend a press conference that was critical of him. I guess he’s not a fan of freedom and personal choice.

Via the McCarville Report:

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OU will apparently sell what’s causing earthquakes for $25-million…

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Earlier this week, Energy Wire released yet another report about the massive conflict of interest between the University of Oklahoma, which houses the Oklahoma Geological Survey, and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, who wants to do everything in his power to distance the energy industry from those pesky, alarming and extremely nerve-wracking earthquakes that are caused by the energy industry.

According to the report, OU hit up Hamm for a $25-million donation around the same time they were trying to figure out what stance to about earthquakes. What could be wrong with that?!

University of Oklahoma officials were seeking a $25 million donation from billionaire oilman Harold Hamm last year, records show, at a time when scientists at the school were formulating the state’s position on oil drilling and earthquakes.

They came up with a position that squared with Hamm’s, saying most of the hundreds of earthquakes rattling the state are natural and not caused by the oil industry.

But they didn’t get the $25 million to build “The Continental Resources Center for Energy Research and Technology.”

And since then, the university’s Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) has reversed that position. It now says that most of the quakes are “very likely” triggered by oil and gas activities….

Hey, cash is king. Have Harold Hamm send me $250 and I’ll rub honey butter over his body and say earthquakes are caused by Barack Obama, gay marriage and solar energy. I have no shame. Then again, I’m a poor blogger who spends his days doing laundry in his mom’s basement. I’m easy to pay off. OU, on the other hand, is a public university with a $1.5-billion endowment. Like they’re really going to compromise their integrity and academic freedom for $25-million in chump change…

A Jan. 22, 2014, email to university fundraising chief Tripp Hall referenced Hall’s “upcoming conversation with Dean Grillot and later Harold Hamm regarding a $25 million (+/-) proposal to connect Continental Resources more closely to OU.”

A week before that memo went out, Grillot had called on Holland and OGS Director Randy Keller (both below him in the chain of command) to develop a “position statement” on whether earthquakes were being caused by drilling.

“I think it would be appropriate for the OGS to have a position statement regarding Oklahoma earthquake activity, etc.,” Grillot wrote. “I have prepared a draft document (attached) for you to edit as you see fit.”

In that first draft, Grillot wrote, “Overall, the majority, but not all, of the recent earthquakes appear to be the result of natural stresses.”

The statement went through at least seven revisions, but Grillot’s original language about “natural stresses” remained in the final version posted Feb. 18.

Holland, the seismologist at OGS and the state’s lead earthquake researcher, told a co-worker he had qualms about Grillot’s language on “natural stresses.”

Holland wrote in his email that the statement was “written primarily by the dean” but that he “tried to make some changes that help me feel a little better about things.”

He said it was “problematic” to point to natural stresses because earthquake activity triggered by wastewater injection “is also the result of natural stresses.”

Okay, so maybe OU will compromise its integrity and academic freedom for $25-million. I guess that’s how the world works. I just ask that OU be fair about it and not play favorites. They should let everyone have the opportunity to use their wallet to shape academia. For example, maybe we could raise $25-million on a Go Fund Me to get the university to say earthquakes are caused by liquor stores being closed on Sunday. I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

Here’s how OU President (and Continental Resources Board Member) David Boren addressed the controversy.


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10 real signs you learned to drink in Oklahoma

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Well, we are officially in summer now. And nothing says summer to me like swimming, snow cone stands and drinking on a patio somewhere while wearing ridiculously big sunglasses. Sure, it’s crazy hot and you can’t go outside without getting your blood sucked by no less than 50 mosquitoes, but that’s not going to stop anyone, is it?

Anyway, while wasting precious hours of my life on the internet yesterday, I stumbled across this post about 20 signs you learned to drink in Oklahoma. While some of them rang true, it didn’t really speak to me. What can I say? I grew up thinking Coors Light was fancy. I’ll straight up drink anything. And because of this, I’ve had, perhaps, a different experience with drinking in Oklahoma. And I have a feeling that a lot of you did too. So, without further ado, I give you 10 real signs you learned to drink in Oklahoma.


1. You don’t care what you’re drinking if it’s a game day.

That’s right. When you’re tailgating, you’re not picky. Let’s be honest, though. You aren’t really that picky anyway. The drinks that are generally the most accessible happen to be the worst. Because of this, on most game days you can be found standing near a grill while waiting on some brats, sipping on a tallboy of Natty. That, or someone is pouring shots of Everclear and they’ve convinced you to take one. It’s not like you can say no. It’s game day!

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